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Cape Town Guided Tours

Cape Town has a wonderfully diverse selection of tour options. Within the city area a variety of scenic, cultural and historic attractions make for great sightseeing. There are climbs up to the top of world-famous Table Mountain, as well as open-air bus tours of the city, and cultural trips into some of the township locations. The surrounding areas also have much to be explored, including Cape Point and the Cape Peninsula, which both offer beautiful natural scenery. Whale watching tours and safaris are also popular attractions for visitors to Cape Town, as are wine-tasting trips into the Cape Winelands.


Here is a selection of hand-picked tours and excursions, bookable through tour partner Viator:


Aquila Game Reserve Wildlife Safari from Cape Town

No visit to South Africa is complete without taking a safari to a game reserve! Head to the Aquila Game Reserve on this easy day trip from Cape Town to spot giraffes, lions, leopards, zebras - you name it! The Aquila Game Reserve is the closest private game reserve to Cape Town, only a 90-minute drive away.After an early morning departure you'll reach the beautiful Aquila Game Reserve to be taken on a game drive by an experienced ranger. Optimal game viewing is ensured in open 4WD vehicles.Giraffes, lions, leopards, springboks, zebras, black and blue wildebeest are just some of the wildlife inhabiting the reserve. There are also good opportunities to see crocodiles and, if you are very lucky, you might even spot the illusive mountain leopard.Aquila Game Reserve has a large natural wetland and bird-watching opportunities are plentiful. It is home to over 170 species of birds, including the endangered black eagle which the reserve is named after. Click here to find out more about this deal!


Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl Valley Wine Day Trip

Whether you're a wine connoisseur or a lover of natural beauty you'll be swept away on this wine tour to the famous Stellenbosch and Paarl Valley wineries. Combining historic villages, stunning scenery and fabulous wines, this day trip will have your senses working overtime!Leaving Cape Town you'll start the day with a visit to Paarl and the spectacular Paarl Valley. Here you can enjoy a wine tasting and cellar tour at one of the local estates. The tour continues north-west to the beautiful village of Franschhoek. Then it's on to Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa and the historic heart of the country's wine region. The final wine tasting will take place here at one of the well-known estates. (Please note that this tour may run in reverse.) The red grape variety Pinotage is unique to the area, but all the classics are represented here: Shiraz, Chardonnay and Semillon. You'll have the opportunity to walk around Paarl and Stellenbosch on this tour. With the air scented with sweet grapes and the trees softly swaying in the wind, it is a wine lover's paradise and a truly relaxing way to spend the day! Click here to find out more about this deal!


Cape Peninsula Tour from Cape Town

Take a relaxing journey to the Cape Peninsula, an area of wild natural beauty with breathtaking scenery, wildlife and vegetation around every corner. You'll see glorious Hout Bay and have the option of taking a half-hour boat trip to Duiker Island to see Cape fur seals (not included in tour cost). The tour includes a visit to the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, and you'll also have the opportunity to visit a penguin colony (entrance fee not included in tour cost). From November 2009 the tour will travel via Chapman's Peak if open. On your return to Cape Town you'll pass the beautiful scenery of Simon's Town, Fish Hoek and the popular holiday resort of Muizenberg. Click here to find out more about this deal!


Table Mountain and Cape Town Half-Day Trip

See superb views of Cape Town spread out before you from on top of Table Mountain, then take a close-up tour of the city. From mountain-top views to on-the-ground sightseeing, you'll get a great overview of the beautiful South African city of Cape Town on this half-day tour.Your day starts with a trip by cable car to the peak of Table Mountain for phenomenal views over Cape Town (cost not included in tour price). Upon your descent you will visit the Malay Quarter, the Cape Town city center, the Company Gardens and Castle of Good Hope (time permitting). You'll also travel to Milnerton Lighthouse for a great photo opportunity of Table Mountain from across Table Bay (if time permits on the afternoon tour). Finally, you'll have a brief stop at the Diamond Works, Cape Town's finest jewelry experience, to learn about one of South Africa's most famous exports. You'll then have the choice of being returned to your hotel or dropped at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, where the tour ends. Click here to find out more about this deal!


Scuba Dive or Snorkel with Great White Sharks

Join this tour for the underwater experience of a lifetime as you scuba dive or snorkel with the Great White Sharks of South Africa! Take the opportunity during your stay in Cape Town to travel to the channels around Dyer Island and get up close and personal with the animal on top of the ocean's food chain.Travel to Gansbaai and enjoy a light breakfast before proceeding to the channel by Dyer Island, a short boat trip of approximately 20 minutes. Named after Samson Dyer in the 19th century, Dyer Island is a breeding ground for marine birdlife, while nearby Geyser Rock is home to approximately 50,000 Cape Fur Seals. As a prime breeding site for these animals, the area is a natural magnet for the ocean's deadliest predator.Check out the sharks with a surface view, before slipping into your wetsuit to join these misunderstood creatures in their natural habitat. Choose to snorkel, or scuba cage dive (must hold a valid scuba diving certificate) with the magnificent predators in their natural feeding ground. This is a rare opportunity to share the water with the top ocean predator, and feel the ultimate adrenaline rush as it looks you in the eye with curiosity and maybe a touch of menace!If you don't want to enter the water, you can remain on the boat and enjoy the surface viewing. Being a surface feeder by nature the sharks swim close to the boat, therefore view onboard is superb and photo opportunities are lurking everywhere. If you are lucky, you may even get the opportunity to witness a spectacular breach as these huge creatures launch themselves clear of the water surface in the hunt for the next seal meal!The Great White shark cage diving season can be divided into three periods:High season : May to OctoberIntermediate : April, November, December, and JanuaryLow season : January, February and March Click here to find out more about this deal!


Cape Point Sightseeing Tour

Spend a few hours exploring stunning Cape Point. Enjoy one of South Africa's most spectacular coastal drives through the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Wind your way to Chapman's Peak (if open) from Hout Bay, enjoying breathtaking views with every turn.Marvel at magnificent Cape Point and see the Penguins which frequent the area. Enjoy your return to Cape Town via the beautiful scenery of Simon's Town, Fish Hoek and the popular holiday resort of Muizenberg.You have the opportuntiy to visit the pengiun colony on Cape Peninsula (entrance fee applies,additional cost). Click here to find out more about this deal!


Cape Point Highlights Tour and Wine Tasting in Stellenbosch

Combine Cape Point with a Stellenbosch wine tour. You'll experience the Cape's highlights in one day and mix relaxing sightseeing with a little wine tasting for the perfect day out.In the morning you'll spend a few hours exploring stunning Cape Point, after taking one of the most spectacular coastal drives in South Africa through the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Winding your way to Chapman's Peak from Hout Bay, you'll enjoy breathtaking views at every turn. On your return to Cape Town youÂ’ll pass the beautiful scenery of Simon's Town, Fish Hoek and the popular holiday resort of Muizenberg. The afternoon is spent exploring the Stellenbosch, South Africa's premier wine producing region. You will have the opportunity to participate in a wine tasting and learn more about the wine-producing process. Possible winery visits include: KWV Winery Charmony Seidleburg Merelust Uitkyk Click here to find out more about this deal!


Hermanus Day Trip with Seasonal Whale Watching

If it's July to November, don't miss the chance to go whale watching in Hermanus. If it's out of season, you'll enjoy a visit to this lovely seaside town on the shore of Walker Bay, near the southernmost tip of Africa.Nestled between magnificent mountains and the sea, Hermanus offers some of the best shore-based whale-watching opportunities in the world (July to November). Visitors travel from around the world to witness the giant southern right and humpback whales from Hermanus' shoreline and cliffs. Hermanus has its own whale crier - in fact, he's the only whale crier in the world! So if you encounter a man with a feather in his hat, patrolling the streets and blowing a weird-looking kelp horn, don't panic - it's the whale crier! He is merely letting people know the whereabouts of whales with different horn codes. Read his sandwich board for the key to these codes. On your return to Cape Town in the late afternoon you'll travel via Elgin and Sir Lowry's Pass. Click here to find out more about this deal!


Cape Town City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Hop-on, hop-off as you explore Cape Town onboard an open top double decker bus which offers two routes to choose from. This is the easiest way to get around town and see all the sights in just one day.Bustling and beautiful, the cosmopolitan nature of Cape Town means that one never tires of the multitude of experiences it has to offer.With great views from the top of the bus, strategically placed stops and an interesting commentary, this truly is the best way to see the sights of Cape Town.You can hop-on and off as many times as you like aboard this open top double decker bus. There are 13 stops on the red route and 9 stops on the blue route, and each entire route takes approximately two hours and 15 minutes. The bus departs every 45 - 60 minutes from each stop and tickets are valid for 24 hours from first use. Click here to find out more about this deal!


Cultural Cape Town - Langa and Khayelitsha

This cultural tour showcases some of the oldest monuments and historical sights in Cape Town. See Langa, the oldest formal township and the Gugulethu township. Visit the largest informal settlement - Khayelitsha, before popping in to a shebeen where you will meet and interact with the local community.On this Cultural Tour you will visit Bo Kaap, also known as the Malay Quarter of Cape Town. Many of the inhabitants are decendants of people from Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and Malaysia who were enslaved by the Dutch in the 17th and 18th centuries. The area is well known for the colorfully painted houses which line the steep and narrow streets. Continue to Langa, the oldest formal township, before continuing to the Gugulethu township to view local crafters at work. Next you will visit Khayelitsha, South Africa's largest and fastest growing township, with it's vibrant culture and people. Visit a shebeen (tavern) and meet and interact with the local community.Tours on a Sunday will include a visit to a church service in Langa. Click here to find out more about this deal!